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Lost Hat: WPC

There’s something about lost items that I find interesting to photograph. I’ve got a photo somewhere of a pair of dress shoes sitting on a park bench–with no feet in sight. If I find it, I’ll have to post it here.

In the meantime, while the subject matter isn’t experimental, the processing technique is. I’ve used GIMP to touch up photos and, occasionally, to selectively color black and white photos. But every time I’ve done the latter, I’ve just let the original color shine through the black and white filter.


This time I wanted something different. You see, the hat was virtually the same color as the marble fountain on which it was lying. So it didn’t really pop. I took it intending to make the photo black and white (I never partake in Facebook chain letter challenge things, but a close friend challenged me to take part in a photography one and I couldn’t resist). Still, the colors were too similar and the hat still faded into the background in the black and white version.


I decided to experiment with selective colorization AND adding color. Turns out it’s pretty easy (at least if you are only doing one color on a relatively simple section, but still!).

fountain red hat

I love the effect! In fact, I love it so much I couldn’t decide which color I loved more. What do you think? Teal (featured image) or maroon? Either way, I can’t wait to experiment with this more (it would be especially fun to colorize old black and white photos–stay tuned).





Hi, I'm Mercedes. I'm a PhD candidate in politics and a trained pastry chef. I'm also an amateur photographer, hobby quilter, and all-around nutty girl living in the Big Apple.

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